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Notice on Petition for Reconsideration of IP CTS Rules

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Released: November 14, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500


445 12th St., S.W.

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Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 13-2190

Released: November 14, 2013




CG Docket Nos. 13-24 & 03-123

Comments: (15 days after date of publication in the Federal Register)

Reply Comments: (25 days after date of publication in the Federal Register)

On September 30, 2013, Sprint Corporation (Sprint) filed a petition (Sprint Reconsideration
Petition)1 requesting reconsideration of certain rules adopted for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone
Service (IP CTS) in the IP CTS Reform Order of August 26, 2013.2 First, Sprint asks that the
Commission reconsider the rule prohibiting all providers from receiving compensation from the Interstate
Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund (Fund) for minutes of use generated by consumers using
IP CTS software and applications that consumers receive at no charge or purchase for less than $75 on or
after the effective date of the rule.3 Second, Sprint asks that the Commission modify its registration and
certification requirements to allow access to IP CTS phones in public places.4 Third, Sprint seeks
authorization to utilize wording that differs slightly from the Commission’s required wording for labels
warning consumers that only registered users of IP CTS may use IP CTS with captions turned on.5 Such
labels must be adhered to IP CTS devices and displayed on the device screens of software-based IP CTS
Pursuant to section 1.429 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.429, we invite interested
parties to file comments on the Sprint Reconsideration Petition and to file reply comments on or before
the dates specified above. All filings must reference

CG Docket Nos. 13-24 & 03-123

. Comments may

1 Sprint Corporation, Petition for Reconsideration of Sprint Corporation, CG Docket Nos. 13-24 and 03-123 (filed
September 30, 2013) (Sprint Reconsideration Petition).
2 Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service; Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-
Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities
, CG Docket Nos. 13-24 and 03-123, Report
and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 13-118 (rel. Aug. 26, 2013) (IP CTS Reform Order).
3 Sprint Reconsideration Petition at 2-5. See 47 C.F.R. § 64.604(c)(11)(i).
4 Sprint Reconsideration Petition at 5-8. See 47 C.F.R. § 64.604(c)(9).
5 Sprint Reconsideration Petition at 8-9.
6 See 47 C.F.R. § 64.604(c)(11)(iii).

be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies.
See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings. Comments may be filed electronically
using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: Filers should follow the
instructions provided on the website for submitting comments. In completing the transmittal screen,
commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and

CG Docket Nos.
13-24 & 03-123.

Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than
one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers must submit one
additional copy for each additional docket or rulemaking number. Filings can be sent by hand or
messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service
mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission. All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the
Commission’s Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held
together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent
to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and
Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
A copy of this Notice, the Sprint Reconsideration Petition and any subsequently filed documents
in this matter will be available during regular business hours at the FCC Reference Center, Portals II, 445
12th Street, SW, Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 418-0270. This Notice, Sprint Petition
and any subsequently filed documents in this matter may also be purchased from the Commission’s
duplicating contractor at its website,, or call 1-800-378-3160. A copy of the
submission may also be found by searching on ECFS (insert

CG Docket Nos. 13-24 & 03-123

into the
Proceeding block).
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This
document can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at:
For further information, please contact Gregory Hlibok, Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Bureau, Disability Rights Office, at (202) 559-5158 (voice/videophone) or e-mail at

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